Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
The Prisma Trio
Ana-Maria LaPointe is the sub concertmaster of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and a member of the Lexington Symphony orchestra, the Symphony by the Sea Orchestra, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, Granite Symphony Orchestra and Hanover Chamber Music Society. Ms. LaPointe is the 4th generation violinist of Mr. and Mrs. Glazan of Romania. She studied violin with her mother, Valentina Glazan, and at Longy School of Music (B.A. and M.A.) with Sophie Vilker and Malcolm Lowe. She won first prizes at the Orpheus Competition, Targu-jiu and the Interpretation Competition, Tulcea, Romania, as well as the Young Virtuoso Competition, Cambridge, MA, and Concerto Competition, Longy School of Music, MA. She has appeared live on WGBH, the Romanian Radio Station and TV show "Musicians Today and Tomorrow". She has given recitals in both Romania and U.S.A. including Carnegie Hall, NYC. Ms. LaPointe is currently on the faculty at Atlantic Union College and Hopkinton High School.
Silvia Bota is the pianist/organist at the Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Shirley, MA. She began her piano studies at age 6, and received her first prize at the Golden Lyre National piano Competition at age 11. She studied piano with Dana Borsan at Enescu Academy of Music, Bucharest, Romania (B.A.) and was on the faculty after graduation. Ms. Bota came to the United States in 2000 to study piano with Horia Mihail and Anthony di Bonaventura at Boston University (M.A.) and with Victor Rosenbaum at Longy School of Music (Performance Diploma). She is the recipient of numerous awards, from Romania: the National Radio and TV Broadcasting Award for Special Recordings, the National Composers and Musicologists Union Award, the Enescu Academy Piano Competition, the Town's Prize of Bucharest, the Mozart National Chamber Music Competition, and the National Piano Competition; from Italy: the Per Giovanni Pianisti International Competition, Rome, and the International Concerto Competition, Cantu. She was the first prize winner of the Richmond Piano Competition, Boston University, U.S.A.
Tien is the founder of the New England Cello Ensemble. A student
and daughter of the famed cello teacher Song Tao at the Central Conservatory
of Beijing, China, she came to the United States to study cello with Paul
Katz at University of Rochester, Eastman School of music (B.A., M.A., and
Performer's Certificate), and with Dennis Parker at Louisiana State University
(D.M.A.). She was the winner of Concerto Competition, CSU and LSU,
Klumpky National Competition, San Francisco, Camellia Symphony Orchestra
Young Artist Competition, CA, and Beijing Young Artist Competition, China.
Dr. Tien has served on the faculties of Hastings College, HE, Columbus
State University, GA, and Kean University, NJ. She was a member of the
Columbus Symphony Orchestra and co-principal cellist with the Hastings
Symphony Orchestra. She was the director and conductor of the Columbus
Young Orchestra and CELLOS OLE! Dr. Tien has premiered and recorded
works written for her, and appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln
Center, as well as major concert halls in China, Italy, and U.S.A.
She is currently on the faculty at Atlantic Union College, Joy Music Program
and Keene Community Music Center.